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Myers + Chang

Asian 94 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This colorful eatery boasts an indie diner vibe and a soundtrack ranging from The Beach Boys to Jimi Hendrix — Where

Pink and orange dragon decals cover the windows of this all-day Chinese café, where Joanne Chang (of Flour fame) has returned to her familial cooking roots. — Fodor's

This South End hangout borrows big flavors from China, Korea, Vietnam and more for non-traditional mashups like Szechuan shrimp and grits and fish tacos with kimchi salsa. — Tasting Table

Myers + Chang is a cheerfully slick, inexpensive Pan-Asian diner --- in short, just what the South End needed. — Gayot

Not to be confused with chain restaurant giant P.F. Changs, this hip South End gem serves Asian fusion cuisine from local culinary darling Joanne Chang and restaurateur Christopher Myers. — Time Out

Neptune Oyster

Seafood 94 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Start with — what else? — a freshly shucked plate, then move on to a buttermilk johnnycake and a lobster roll. — Condé Nast Traveler

Great oysters, of course, and the most amazing lobster roll --worth every penny. — Not For Tourists

This modern North End destination hails the pearls of the ocean — Where

Here is the great seafood restaurant people are always looking for in Boston. — Boston Globe

You have to hand it to Jeff and Kelli Nace, owners of this minuscule, retro-themed gem in the North End-they don't shy away from florid descriptions. — Travel + Leisure

Oleana

International 93 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Chef Ana Sortun continues to "expand dining horizons" by embedding "complex", "memorable spice combinations" in every "taste bud–tantalizing" Mediterranean dish. — Zagat

Meze: $4-$14 Main courses: $24-$28 Desserts: $12-$14. — Boston Globe

If you can, secure a table here on the blissful, wisteria-laden patio, where you can linger over Mediterranean-fused lamb steak with fava-bean moussaka. — Rough Guide

A showcase for chef-owner Ana Sortun's passion for and mastery of the hauntingly aromatic cuisines of Turkey, Greece, Armenia, Morocco, Egypt and Sicily. — Time Out

Top-notch Mediterranean. Patio seating in warm weather. — Not For Tourists

Toro

International 93 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Toro is a true Barcelona-style tapas restaurant serving traditional and modern Spanish-style small plates made with locally sourced and sustainable ingredients. — On the Grid

A hip and lively tapas bar brimming with sassafras mojitos... and inventive tapas plates such as the octopus ceviche. — Rough Guide

Toro, located in Boston's South End district, is a little slice of Barcelona in the Northeast. — Afar Magazine

Delectable Barcelona-style tapas at your own pace, start with the house special grilled corn, making sure everyone gets a piece. — Frommer's

The name is a bilingual pun of the Spanish for “bull” and the Japanese for bluefin tuna belly sashimi – no surprise, given the chef-owner’s love of Spanish tapas and Japanese sushi. — DK Eyewitness

No. 9 Park

French 91 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The stellar cuisine at Chef Barbara Lynch's first restaurant continues to draw plenty of well-deserved attention from its place in the shadow of the State House's golden dome. — Fodor's

The French/Italian-based cuisine? Rarely less than luscious, for all its elegance—especially the finely wrought pastas. — Time Out

"Innovative" twists and "subtle" "depth of flavor" distinguish "impeccably prepared" French-Italian fare that's paired with "fantastic" wines and cocktails by "sublime" servers. — Zagat

Boston favorite Lydia Shire’s French and Italian inspired dishes are the type people want to talk about having to anyone who’ll listen after they’ve been. — BlackBook

After more than a decade, Barbara Lynch's flagship restaurant hasn't flagged. Classic Yankee fare is embroidered with the likes of vin santo, ras al hanout, and unagi. — Boston Globe

O Ya

Japanese 91 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Amazing sushi that is not easy on the wallet. — Not For Tourists

Boston’s food community can’t stop talking about this inspired sushi restaurant, which has even been lauded by the New York Times food critics. — Lonely Planet

When chef Tim Cushman and his wife, Nancy, opened this Japanese restaurant in 2008 it got a little bit of fanfare. — BlackBook

Bite for bite, this self-styled Japanese tavern is arguably serving the most expensive food in the city. — Time Out

In his hard-to-find restaurant with high ceilings and dark brick walls, chef-owner Tim Cushman brilliantly and improbably combines his Japanese training with his New England background. — Travel + Leisure

L'Espalier

French 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

One of Boston’s premier restaurants enjoys a stylish perch next to the luxe Mandarin Oriental Hotel. — DK Eyewitness

Artisanal and seasonal describes James Beard Award-winning chef Frank McClelland’s haute French-New England fare served at one of the city’s most elegant eateries — Where

A ravishing French restaurant now happily situated in its new location adjacent to the Mandarin Oriental. — Rough Guide

New England-French cuisine from James Beard Award winning chef Frank McClelland bowls over the competition. — BlackBook

In the evening, a three-course prix-fixe, six-course seasonal degustation, and over 10-course chef's journey menu tempt discriminating diners. — Fodor's

Mr. Bartley's Gourmet Burgers

Burgers 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Great burgers and incomparable onion rings make Bartley's a perennial favorite with a cross-section of Cambridge. — Frommer's

Burgers are the name of the game at Mr. Bartley'€™s. Across from hallowed Harvard Yard, this famed burgermeister has been grilling burgers and whipping up thick frappes for decades. — Gayot

Packed with small tables and hungry college students, this burger joint has been a Harvard Sq institution for more than 50 years. — Lonely Planet

Burger buffs "can't leave Harvard Square" without "squeezing in" "elbow-to-elbow" at this "charm"-heavy "landmark" for "amazing", "sloppy" patties. — Zagat

Classic burger joint across from the Yard. — Not For Tourists

Craigie on Main

French 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

With its relentless focus on the best local, seasonal, and organic ingredients available, this handsome Central Square restaurant remains a favorite with the city’s gourmands. — DK Eyewitness

Expensive and slow but wonderful French-American bistro on Main St. — Not For Tourists

A short walk from Central Square, Craigie on Main serves French-American cuisine with a focus on local ingredients and nose-to-tail cooking. — Travel + Leisure

The buzz surrounding this culinary hotspot has been palpable since renowned chef Tony Maws moved his tiny bistro into a new, larger space. — Time Out

This soulful, white-cloth restaurant is the project of chef-owner Tony Maws, one of Boston's landmark chefs. — Fodor's

Island Creek Oyster Bar

Seafood 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

If you're not a fan of oysters, don't let the name of this Hotel Commonwealth restaurant fool you—there's a lot more going on with a menu that's printed fresh daily. — Fodor's

Island Creek oysters are to local raw-bar crawlers what a pint of Guinness is to a thirsty Irishman: the go-to choice that is eminently satisfying. — Time Out

Island Creek has united 'farmer, chef and diner in one space' – and what a space it is. Lobster roe noodles topped with braised short ribs and grilled lobster lives up to the hype. — Lonely Planet

Briny-sweet Island Creek oysters factor big into the menu at this seafood stalwart, of course, but a dozen of them on the half-shell provide the mere starting point for an excellent sea-themed meal — Tasting Table

Island Creek Oyster Bar offers fresh and locally sustained seafood, including raw bar items of mostly in-state-sourced oysters and shellfish, along with striped bass ceviche and fluke crudo. — Gayot

Union Oyster House

Seafood 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Daniel Webster dined here. Steaks and seafoods are served in atmospheric rooms with creaky floors, low ceilings, and wooden booths. — Insight Guides

Stick with the historic wooden raw bar, where affable shuckers will ply you with Blue Points and cherrystones—best paired, of course, with a pint or two. — Time Out

The oldest restaurant in Boston jumped on the 19th-century oyster craze long before any other raw bars in the city even existed. — Travel + Leisure

Oldest restaurant in America, saddle up to oyster bar. — Not For Tourists

The oldest restaurant in Boston, ye olde Union Oyster House has been serving seafood in this historic red-brick building since 1826. — Lonely Planet

Grotto

Italian 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Grotto's subterranean dining room is a cozy retreat, with contemporary art on the exposed-brick walls and busy servers bustling around the small, crowded space. — Frommer's

A "well-kept Beacon Hill secret", this "lovely" "must" delivers "gorgeous" Italian dishes from a "romantic", "hidden" subterranean space overseen by a "delightful, informative" staff. — Zagat

Tucked into a basement on the back side of Beacon Hill, this cozy, cavelike place lives up to its name. — Lonely Planet

Good value Italian in a Beacon Hill basement. — Not For Tourists

Sink below street level in Beacon Hill for a cozy and decadent Italian meal surrounded by exposed brick, shelves of wine and locally sourced artwork. — Time Out

Redbones Barbecue

Barbecue 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Regulars still flock to Redbones for its versatile and authentic menu of slow-cooked specialties. — Gayot

Even as Boston’s smokehouse scene grows, this Davis Square joint still offers some of “the best barbecue this side of the Mississippi”. — Zagat

Geographically, this raucous restaurant is in Somerville, but in spirit it's on a Southern back road. — Frommer's

Laid-back biker bar meets Southern barbecue at this casual restaurant that plates hush puppies, fried catfish fingers, succotash, pulled pork, Memphis ribs and sliced brisket — Where

Expect sensory overload at this popular barbecue joint. — Time Out

Henrietta's Table

Vegan and Vegetarian 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Chef Peter Davis ensures that this place is one of the city’s best farm-to-table restaurants — Where

An upscale Cracker Barrel (in a good way). — Not For Tourists

When you’re in the mood to splurge on brunch, Henrietta’s Table is the place to do it. — Time Out

"Flavorful, elegantly presented" New England–style "farm-to-fork" fare beckons at this "delightful" "staple" where "attentive" staffers patrol a "convivial" "country"-chic space. — Zagat

One of the few restaurants in Cambridge serving classic New England fare. — Rough Guide

Sweet Cheeks Q

Barbecue 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Although the main courses—ribs, pulled pork, brisket, fried chicken—are scrumptious, the best item on the menu is the buttermilk biscuits. — Frommer's

"Former Top Chef contestant–turned–BBQer extraordinaire" Tiffani Faison dishes out "scrumptious", "smoky" meats and "tempting" sides. — Zagat

The stars at Sweet Cheeks are head chef Tiffani Faison, daughter of the South, and “Tootsie,” the two-ton-plus smoker that makes the BBQ smoke so fine. — Travel + Leisure

Tiffani Faison’s comfortable, casual barbecue restaurant might just be the best place for Southern cooking in Boston — Where

Sloppy and smoky BBQ. Can be ordered by the pound. — Not For Tourists

Ten Tables

French 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

True to its name, this gem has only 10 tables. The emphasis here is on simplicity – appropriate for a restaurant that specializes in traditional cooking techniques. — Lonely Planet

An enchanting mix of Gallic elegance and chummy neighborhood revelry–both in the atmosphere and the food. — Fodor's

The menu is mind-expanding—a fusion of cuisines that ranges from pastas and house-made sausages to Portuguese fish stew to chorizo-stuffed Giannone chicken. — Concierge

This inviting date spot was designed to feel like an intimate dinner party – there really are only ten tables – although they’ve recently added a low-lit bar. — Rough Guide

Tiny, cozy Ten Tables makes diners happy with creative food for reasonable prices. — Boston Globe

Eastern Standard

Seafood 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

At the Hotel Commonwealth with lip-smackingly good drinks. — Not For Tourists

Proprietor Garrett Harker’s open dining room is loud, but that’s only fitting for this convivial atmosphere — Where

A relaxed bistro serving up fairly fancy, pre-Red Sox game fare. — Rough Guide

Though Eastern Standard is located in the Hotel Commonwealth, you'd never mistake this place for some average hotel restaurant. — Gayot

A vivid red awning beckons patrons of this spacious brasserie-style restaurant. — Fodor's

The Helmand

Indian 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Delightful, authentic. Family ties with Afghanistan's president. — Not For Tourists

Walls the color of summer squash, hand-woven Persian rugs, and a wood-burning oven make this Afghani restaurant in East Cambridge a decorative delight. — Gayot

Afghan rugs, a wood-burning oven, and exotic, yet extremely approachable food. — Fodor's

The interior won’t win any style awards, but this beloved Afghan dinner restaurant is favoured by everyone from Harvard students to families to couples on a first date. — Rough Guide

The "incredible" Afghan eats at this East Cambridge "must-try" draw "many locals" to its "welcoming", "romantic" space centered around a "roaring" hearth. — Zagat

Bondir Restaurant

American 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Chef-owner Jason Bond’s intimate farmhouse-style restaurant is a cozy place to relish the flavors of New England — Where

Another farm-to-table joint--not that we're complaining. — Not For Tourists

All things local and seasonal dominate the menu at chef Jason Bond's cozy Cambridge bistro (which also has a more expansive sibling in Concord, MA) — Tasting Table

Inside this intimate farmhouse-style restaurant, with its simple bench banquettes and pale-green wainscoting, acclaimed chef. — Michelin Guide

It'€™s time to be your own 007 at Bond Restaurant & Lounge, located at The Langham, Boston in the Financial District. — Gayot

Sportello

Italian 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Boston super chef Barbara Lynch (No.9 Park, the Butcher Shop) has done it again with this simple yet sumptuous modern interpretation of a lunch counter. — Rough Guide

Superchef Barbara Lynch transformed her friendly five-year-old café into a wine bar — Tasting Table

Modern and minimalist, this brainchild of Barbara Lynch fits right into this up-and-coming urban ’hood. — Lonely Planet

This sleek, welcoming eatery whips up trattoria-inspired treats such as homemade pastas, gourmet soups, and grilled panini sandwiches. — DK Eyewitness

Chef Barbara Lynch, the celebrated owner of No. 9 Park and B&G Oysters, continues to impress patrons with this contemporary twist on a traditional diner. — Travel + Leisure

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